She abseils from the stadium roof; now she’s taking the plunge

Jake looks forward to Saturday

Time to show off Jake’s FA Cup taster – and to encourage Salut! Sunderland readers to help a Mackemoiselle in search of modest charity sponsorship …

Everton is a delight, we hope, to come. For now, things are quiet. No more unintentional riling of sensitive Leeds supporters just yet, no need for further reflection on SAFC 1 Liverpool 0. But there is an important item of business to share.

Sheila Webster, whose Facebook moniker (Sheila Webster Was Gibson) could be the title and theme of a novelette, is a Sunderland supporter whose thoughts have appeared here and, more often, at the Blackcats e-mail list to which some of you belong. She is also an indefatigable (easier to write than pronounce) charity fund-raiser.

Sheila and friends on the Dave Hillam Bike Ride

Which brings us to news of Sheila’s latest venture in a good cause. I will pass the story-telling baton to her:

Sadly I lost my lovely Sunderland-mad cousin Geordie Vincent on 10th February 2012, at the age of just 56, after a long and hard fought battle against prostate cancer…

Me and three other lovely lasses are literally taking the plunge … a one mile open swim in Lake Windermere on 23rd June 2012 – all monies raised going to MacMillan Care and Support. We’ve called ourselves Team 3 Degrees, as this could well be the temperature for the swim. Hence we need to don wet suits for the event!

It’s not the first time I have raised money for MacMillan – the first time I did a sponsored event – was in memory of a lovely overseas Blackcat – Karl Hugill, who passed away, also a victim of cancer, in 2004. I abseiled from the roof of the South Stand at the Stadium of Light raising over £300 for the charity.

More recently in 2008, Blackcats learned of another tragic and untimely death – Dave Hillam, from a stroke – and I (second correct use of literally) got on my bike to raise much needed funds for the Stroke Association – cycling from Tynemouth to Gateshead and back, raising over £1,000 in the process…

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Although I’m not as active a member as I was of the Blackcats mailing list, being a Mammy these days to a very active toddler, I still read up and contribute now and again. And the responses I’ve had to my fund-raising projects in the past have be overwhelming.

Money is tight for everyone at the moment so I’d be delighted if fellow Sunderland fans could pledge just the cost of a pint.

Our Just Giving page is

Alternatively, or text KSVS49 and your pledge amount to 70070.

Let Salut! Sunderland start this particular ball rolling. Monsieur Salut will raid the somewhat barren larder and fish out a donation – let us say enough to buy a decent round – in the hope that others will follow. When I checked, the pot stood at £1272 (which I think was before we chipped in) so they’re going well.

Continued good luck Sheila … and here’s something to warm you all up when you climb out of the lake:

Jake's winter warmer
Monsieur Salut
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